Some info on the SD-AUD20101.
The chipset is Via Technologies, Envy VT1620A,
Sample rates 8k/sec to 96k/sec.
Input is stereo, unbalanced, impedance about 4.2k ohms.
Full scale at max gain is around 50mV, at minimum gain
The input carries a DC bias of 3.0 volts with a source impedance
of around 4.7k, which you might want to use or decouple.
Noise floor at max gain with input open circuit:
The humps in the floor move around a bit and vary from specimen
Cross talk between the two channels is -34dB when fed from
a high impedance source but drops to -60dB if the source has
Most of the cheap USB dongles use a C-Media CM106 which is
lower quality with max sample rate 48k. One China supplier was
flogging CM106 cards pretending they were SD-AUD20101 but they
I would normally recommend an isolating transformer on the
input to break any ground loop, but for battery remote operation
this may not be necessary.